Los Ebanos, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resumed operations at the Los Ebanos Ferry today with a mobile processing center. The ferry had been closed since July when floodwaters inundated the former port facility, rendering it inoperable.
The mobile processing center, provided by the Office of Border Patrol, has full functionality, including voice, data communications, holding cells, etc. and will be used to process vehicular and pedestrian traffic until the temporary facility becomes operational.
The temporary facility will arrive in late December and is expected to become operational in early 2011. The mobile processing center will be used to process traffic until the temporary facility comes online.
A new port operations facility ultimately will be built at the site. The current timeline calls for construction of the new port facility to kickoff in Spring 2011 and for the permanent facility to come online in Summer 2012.
"We are excited to resume CBP operations at the Los Ebanos Ferry," said Severiano Solis, port director, Rio Grande City port of entry, which oversees the Los Ebanos Ferry. "The ferry provided a necessary link between the communities of Los Ebanos, Texas and Diaz Ordaz, Mexico and CBP stands ready to carry out its border security mission while facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and tourism."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.